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How to Plan the Ultimate Bachelorette Party On a Budget

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Weddings are notoriously expensive, and the costs come from more than just the big day itself. The bachelorette party is one of those expenses that is totally worth it but can blow your budget if you aren’t careful. Try these ideas to keep your budget in check without compromising on fun.

Plan an Affordable Getaway

 A destination bachelorette party may cost more than staying local, but planning smart can keep costs down so it fits your budget. If you go with a destination party, be sure to factor home security into your planning. You will need a list of packing essentials — and add a checklist of home security precautions so that the bride and bridesmaids can travel with peace of mind.

These are a few of our favorite ideas for planning your destination party on a budget:

  • Take a shorter trip: Instead of a weekend getaway, plan on staying just one or two nights. Longer party weekends can be exhausting, and keeping the fun to a day or two will slash costs all around.
  • Lower travel expenses: Airfare is one of the biggest costs of a destination party. The website Loverly recommends traveling at a time during the offseason for your destination and traveling midweek to lower those costs.
  • Share accommodations: It is a party after all, so why not share rooms to split the cost of accommodations? You don’t have to splurge on a luxurious suite, but look into specials or alternative options that will accommodate your whole crowd. Renting a place through home share websites may also be more affordable than hotel rooms.
  • Don’t overdo it: It’s tempting to overschedule and overdo on accessories, but every little thing adds up. Leave room in your schedule to do some things at the spur of the moment. Not to mention, you’ll want a little rest time, which, of course, is free!
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Go Local

 If a destination isn’t in your budget or simply isn’t your thing, having a local shindig can be every bit as fun as traveling.

  • Be a tourist in your own town: What kind of activities would you pick if you were traveling? Chances are you can do some of those same things right where you live. Bridebox suggests visiting local breweries, going to a spa, or getting appetizers at a fabulous restaurant. You can make it special without spending a lot by choosing something you don’t normally do.
  • Take a class: No, we aren’t suggesting you go back to school! Doing something new and different is a great way to shake things up, and group classes can be very affordable. Take a cooking class and whip up your own delicious meal, or have a craft night to make special mementos of the wedding festivities.

Stay In

 Instead of a night out, staying in is the ultimate way to go “local” and save money. Even though it’s low-cost, staying in is anything but boring. With some quick and easy decorations and supplies from hobby stores like Joann or Hobby Lobby, you can even deck out your space for pennies when you apply coupons and promotions. Consider these themes:

  • Go for low-key glam: If the girls want to get dressed up and feel fancy without the costs of a night on the town, plan a cocktail party at your home. Keep it simple and have everyone come in their best night-out attire, or pick a theme like the roaring 20s. You can even provide inexpensive party favors like fun lipstick colors, snazzy fake eyelashes, makeup palettes and nail polish.
  • Make it a slumber party: Remember those sleepovers you had as a kid? Recreate that magic with an all-night girls-night-in. Have everyone come in pajamas, make some DIY spa treatments, and get into the wedding spirit with one of these movies.
  • Take it outside: For a different twist on an at-home party, host a backyard movie screening. All you need for snacks is plenty of popcorn, plus some tasty beverages.


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If you go with an at-home party, another way to stay on budget is to have several bridesmaids split the costs, so that one person doesn’t bear the full burden. After all, the whole point is to have fun, not create a financial strain for anyone! These ideas are guaranteed for a night to remember that everyone can afford.


Guest Blogger:  Erin Reynolds is single mom who taught herself how to do home improvement projects and repairs to save money, creating a helpful DIY blog on topics such from gardening to budget-friendly tips and ideas. 


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Winter Weather Wedding Success Starts Here

If you’ve recently said yes, you don’t have to wait until summer to follow up with an, “I do.” Whether you want an outdoor winter wedding or a warm and cozy indoor affair, hosting at-home nuptials requires preparation. And lots of it. From outdoor heating to dinner seating, keep reading for advice on how to make your cold weather wedding as heartwarming as any summer ceremony.

Start with a Blank Slate.

The first order of business is to make room for your guests, decorations, and party staff. Spend a few weeks cleaning each room and removing non-essential furniture and belongings. Pay attention to the garage, especially if this space will be used for the reception. If space becomes a concern, consider renting off-site self-storage to temporarily corral items. In Philadelphia, a short-term storage unit will only add an average $86 to your budget for a month of use. When you are cleaning,remember the golden rule of home decluttering: let go of things you don’t use. If you have enough stuff, plan to hold onto your storage unit for a few months until you have more time to sort through it.

Once you have your home clean and clear, get to work fixing any issues that might dampen the mood. Uneven walkways, loose deck boards, and frayed carpet are all open invitations for an accident, especially if there will be alcohol involved or if elderly friends and family members will be on site.

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Make it Wedding Worthy

Before you even get to the decorations, there are things you have to consider when inviting a lot of guests into your home. Depending on how much seating you can currently accommodate, you may need to rent tables and chairs. Don’t forget about parking. If you live in the city, talk to your neighbors about utilizing a length of your street for the day. Often, they’ll be happy to park elsewhere for a few hours, especially if they’re invited to the celebration. Most importantly, make sure you have facilities to accommodate a large crowd – you’ll need one bathroom for every 10 to 12 guests as well as one for the bride and groom’s respective rooms.

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Utilize Outdoor Areas

Even when the weather doesn’t want to cooperate, there are plenty of ways to utilize your outdoor space for the ceremony, reception, or staging. Let guests know ahead of time which parts of the day will take place outdoors. If it’s the actual nuptials, keep it short and sweet. If you plan to rent a large tent for dinner and dancing, go ahead and invest in a patio heater, but remember prices for heaters can vary from from $120 all the way to $1,150. offers reviews and information on how to choose an outdoor heating unit that’s right for your space and budget.

The garage, deck, or patio can be made to feel more like the indoors by putting down vinyl floor decals or rigid carpet tiles and hanging heavy curtains around the permitemter to block light wind. The Knot notes that even cool weather outdoor weddings can be uncomfortably warm, especially if you plan to dance the night away. Make sure your wedding coordinator has a way to cool off crowded areas as you and your guests begin to break a sweat.

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Have the Right Team in Place.

As with any event, having the right people in place can make a huge difference. Bring your key players to your home a few weeks prior so they can be fully prepared for any limitations. This should include your caterer, wedding coordinator, DJ, and more. At your trial run, let your hair and makeup stylist know if you plan to be outdoors. She can take extra precautions to make sure things stay in place.

More than anything, don’t worry yourself into a panic attack if things go wrong. Keep in mind that winter weather is unpredictable, and you may find yourself rushing to fit your entire family indoors at the last minute. If you’ve taken the time to de-clutter, however, you can utilize every inch of your home’s interior before, during, and after the I Dos.


Guest Blogger:  Erin Reynolds is single mom who taught herself how to do home improvement projects and repairs to save money, creating a helpful DIY blog on topics such from gardening to budget-friendly tips and ideas. 

Skincare Tips When the Season Turns Cold


While looking at the idyllic, snow-covered streets might be pleasing to our eyes, it’s a little less thrilling for our skin. The cold, dry weather can be quite harsh on our complexion, and if you want to maintain that youthful, radiant glow for your wedding, you have to switch up your routine and adjust it for fall and winter months. Not sure how to avoid dryness and keep your skin protected? Here are a few tips that should help you out.

Don’t Use Makeup Wipes

All that harsh rubbing isn’t really great for our skin, and if you want to avoid irritation then let go of the makeup wipes. A much better solution is micellar water or cleansing oil. You can rub some oil onto your face, let it melt away the makeup, and then remove it gently with a few cotton pads. After that, feel free to wash your face with a mild cleanser to get rid of any residue.

Invest in a Humidifier

Dry air is pretty terrible for your skin, and if you want to keep your complexion soft, you can invest in a humidifier. You don’t need it in every single room, but you’ll definitely benefit if you sleep in a nicely humid bedroom to avoid waking up with a dry face.


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Switch Up Your Moisturizer

Every bride who wants that fresh, dewy look for her wedding needs some quality products to keep her skin smooth and lovely during the cold months. Instead of using light gel creams that are more appropriate during summer, it’s now the perfect time to bring out those creamy, nourishing moisturizers that can protect you and keep your complexion velvety. This is especially important if you’re dealing with wrinkles and want to avoid deep lines showing up in your wedding photos and ruining your big day. The best thing you can do is invest in some quality natural anti ageing skincare that consists of cleansing milk, serums, skin balms, and oils. Make sure you apply products that are rich in antioxidants and don’t contain any harmful ingredients and be diligent when it comes to their use. Consistency is truly the key to a gorgeous complexion, and as long as you care for your skin every day, you’ll look positively glowing for your wedding.

Don’t Skip the Sunscreen

Despite the cold, overcast days that keep coming our way, sunscreen is still a must. High SPF is one of the best ways to protect your skin from developing wrinkles, not to mention that you can still get melanoma even in winter. According to Dana Persia, owner of Beautiful Brides Philly and a licensed esthetician, “Without protection, the sun’s UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. UV exposure adds up over time, increasing your risk of developing skin cancer. Even when the sun is in hiding, and temps are low, start your day with at least an SPF15 daily moisturizer.”

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Pair Exfoliation with a Good Mask

Exfoliation is a great way to remove those dry, flaky patches from our face.  “It is THE best way to get glowing, youthful skin because exfoliation sloughs off dead skin cells from the surface of the epidermis. By removing these dead cells, exfoliation can help keep pores from becoming clogged and leave skin with a refreshed and clean feeling,” advises Persia. However, unless you nourish your skin right after, you’ll only make the problem worse. The best way to exfoliate is to do it in the evening, and then use a nourishing sheet mask right after you’ve scrubbed away all those dead skin cells, dirt, and sebum. If you want to make it more effective, you can steam your face lightly for five minutes before exfoliation—this will open up your pores and make them easier to clean. You can also make your own DIY mask from things you have lying around your home.

Drink More Water

Another great way to prevent dryness and keep your skin elastic and fresh is to simply drink more water. We tend to forget all about hydration as soon as summer passes, but we do need water if we want a healthy body.  “It’s always a good idea to do this all year round, but it’s even more important during the colder months because we aren’t perspiring as much and don’t feel the need to drink water like we do in the summer. Eight, 8-ounce glasses per day are what doctors and experts advise,” states Persia.

Eat your way to better skin

Nourishing your skin from the inside out is always a good idea, and since most brides-to-be want to be in their best shape for the wedding, eating well means you’ll be practically killing two birds with one stone. Antioxidant-rich food such as leafy greens, garlic, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and other veggies can help a lot, and so can anything that has omega-3 fatty acids in it. These will keep your skin soft and plump, so fill your plate with avocados, fish, and nuts. Blueberries, goji berries, and green tea are also great super foods that will keep your body healthy and your complexion lush.

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The cold season is pretty much the perfect time for a little spa day at home. Have a hot bath, then take steps to care for and nourish your skin as you browse wedding magazines and dream about your big day. Create a nice little moment of peace and enjoy!


Guest Blogger:  Guest Blogger:  Brigitte Evans, Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant, Beauty Department,

Ideas for Your Honeymoon Packing List



Finally, some rest! While your wedding day is certainly a fun, exciting event that you’ll remember forever, most couples are eager to let go of the chaos and the hectic rush and relax a bit. There’s no more need to run around and organize things, no more dealing with last-minute emergencies, and definitely no more relatives and friends to buzz around and not give you any privacy. Now it’s all you and your darling, alone and content. Honeymoon’s going to be the first step of lifelong happiness, and it’s pretty important that you both enjoy it. If you’re eager to make good memories and want to pack accordingly, here are some things that you’ll want to bring.


Beautiful Lingerie

You’ll feel sexy and delight your partner if you wear a good set of lingerie on your first night. Pick black lace and thigh high stockings, or go for soft powder pink satin, or maybe something a little frilly.

Whatever makes you feel like a sultry, tempting goddess is a great choice, and make sure to also wear sexy heels if you really want to make your new husband’s jaw drop.



Our brain tends to relate scents to memories, so bring a bottle of the same perfume you wore for your wedding day, or maybe an entirely new, seductive scent. Wear it every day and spritz a tiny bit on your clothes, and then when you come back home and smell it again you’ll instantly remember some of the most romantic moments of your life.

Our brain tends to relate scents to memories, so bring a bottle of the same perfume you wore for your wedding day, or maybe an entirely new, seductive scent. Wear it every day and spritz a tiny bit on your clothes, and then when you come back home and smell it again you’ll instantly remember some of the most romantic moments of your life.


A Pretty Evening Outfit

You’re bound to go out for dinners and spend time at bars in the evening, so pack a lovely outfit that photographs well and that shows off your beauty. A little black dress is a pretty great choice because you can easily combine it with other pieces of your wardrobe to create something interesting, but you can also go for hot red, or maybe plum, or dove grey. With a pair of black stilettos, shimmery earrings, and a cute clutch you’ll be ready to go.

The Perfect Pair of Jeans

You’ll need one go-to piece that you can always rely on for good outfits. Bring a pair of your sexiest biker jeans that fit you like a glove, and you’ll have a good basic garment that goes well with anything. Make sure that your jeans are as perfect as they possibly can be – these are your holy grail trousers that make you feel hot and glamorous even on a regular day. It’s an easy way to always look polished even if you just throw on a graphic tee and a cardigan in the morning. Also, your partner is bound to keep admiring your figure if you’re wearing a nice pair of pants.

Minimal Makeup

You really don’t need much makeup on your honeymoon, but a few things can be used to make you feel pretty. A light BB cream, bronzer, a brow pencil, a black mascara can go a long way and enhance your beautiful eyes — add your favorite nude lipstick for those evenings out.

Good Skincare

Sporting a giant zit in the middle of your forehead is a pretty quick way to ruin your mood (not to mention your pictures). Our skin can easily react to a change in the environment, so make sure to bring your favorite moisturizer, cleanser, and maybe a gel with salicylic acid to spot treat any unexpected pimples. If you’re heading to the sun-soaked beaches of the Caribbean, don’t forget to pack plenty of sunscreen — buying in the hotel gift shop can be steep!



Unless you’re a godlike creature who happens to have perfect hair without any effort involved, you’ll want to bring your own hairdryer. Yes, most hotels have hair dryers in all of the rooms, and most of them are pretty terrible. Unless you want frizzy, fluffy, and generally unmanageable hair, bring your own tool and maybe some styling wax to give it all a smoother shape. We also recommend that you learn a few heatless hair curling tricks so you can get those romantic waves overnight.  Lastly, if you are traveling overseas, check the voltage requirements as you may need to pick up an adapter kit.

A Good Read

If you haven’t already experienced it, your honeymoon might be the first moment of experiencing the joy of sharing silence together. Both of you will be in the same room, sitting close together, and each doing your own thing. It’s the perfect time to catch up on some reading, so bring a fun novel and enjoy yourself.


Your honeymoon is the perfect time to bond with your significant other and take those first steps of your marriage in joy. Make sure to bring these necessities and you’re bound to have a wonderful experience!

Guest Blogger:  Brigitte Evans, Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant, Beauty Department,


How to Have Your Dream Disney Wedding


One thing is for sure, having a wedding at Disney is nothing short of a grand experience, and if you aren’t the type who wants to get married in front of Cinderella’s Castle have no fear! What about a Star Wars themed wedding or, a wedding that looks like it came straight out of your favorite fairy tale? Not into themes? How about a scenic wedding on the beach?

Disney is all about making your wildest dreams come true and that’s exactly what you should have on one of the most important days of your life. Once you decide that you want to plan your wedding through Disney, you may realize quickly that it can be a little overwhelming. Focusing on a few things at a time is key to keeping your head on straight- we’re going to go over some of the things you should consider while planning your dream Disney wedding.


1. Location, location, location.
One of the first things you should decide is where you want your wedding to take place. There are many options Disney has to offer from various locations across Walt Disney World to a Disney Cruise, to Epcot, or even Disney’s Aulani in Hawaii. Once you figure out where you want your wedding to be, you can more easily figure out how it can be done. The first place to visit is where many of your planning questions can be answered.

2. Establish your budget.
You should absolutely determine your budget before jumping into planning. If you’re planning a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding, you will have three tiers of celebration packages to choose from that have restrictions on the size of your party. You also need to consider the budgets of your friends and family. Will they be able to afford the destination of your choice and all the necessary accommodations? Disney offers options for hotel blocks, but they won’t typically confirm the dates until about 12 months prior or even less so you should be prepared for that as well.

3. Do your research so you can keep up!
There is a book called Passporter’s Disney Weddings & Honeymoons written by Carrie Hayward, who also offers podcasts on the subject that can prepare you for everything you will need to take care of to plan your wedding and work efficiently alongside your helpers at Disney. With a timeline that is shorter than most venues, it will save you a lot of stress to be equipped with as much information as possible in order to keep up with their processing speed.

4. Become a part of the community.
Find other couples that have had their wedding at Disney to acquire tips, tricks, and other valuable advice. You may be surprised at how rapidly you get responses to the questions you need answers to on Facebook groups dedicated to Disney weddings like DisBrides and DisGrooms. Having extra support from people who have been through the process themselves can’t hurt and they may even give you new ideas you haven’t considered.

5. Choose your “enhancements”.
Disney is all about the icing on the cake and they have many wedding enhancements to choose from including a visit from your favorite characters, an entrance in Cinderella’s Carriage, photo shoots or even a group ride on one of your favorite attractions. (A special reminder of tip #2 here as prices can add up quickly!)

6. Double-check the details!
Photography, DJ, florals, videography, catering– the list goes on and on. Make sure you are double and even triple-checking that everything is happening on the correct dates and times to avoid any wedding mishaps. There are a lot of moving parts that create a wedding and sometimes it’s easy for things to get mixed up. Set reminders on your phone or on your calendar and make regular phone calls to ensure everything is on track for the big day. Disney will give you a BEO (Banquet Event Order) and you can consider this the bible of your wedding. This is very important because if something is not on the BEO- it will not be included in the wedding!

There is much to do when planning a wedding but when you choose to plan with Disney, you will have the help of their experts on your side that will work with you to make your dreams a reality. Follow these tips and you will be right on track with having the wedding you’ve always wanted!

Guest Blogger:  Abby Drexler is a contributing writer and media specialist for Magical Travel. She regularly produces content for a variety of lifestyle blogs to bring the magic of Disney to their readers.



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Male Pre-Wedding Grooming Tips


The wedding community spends a ton of time focusing on the bride, her hair, makeup, dress, everything surrounding her. But it’s the groom’s special day too! So we’ve built this plan to help him look his very best for the wedding. Looking good goes a long way on your wedding day, because it helps you feel your best too.

Wash and Moisturize

If you don’t already have a daily facial care routine, now is a great time to start, and it doesn’t have to be complicated! However, it’s crucial to begin this process a few months before your wedding, don’t plan to start a new regime the night before and see instant results. Experts say that it can take anywhere for 4-6 weeks to see the results of new skincare. Also, planning a wedding can be really stressful! That can cause breakouts and spots, so staying on top of this as you start your wedding planning is best. Simple things like washing your face daily and following up with a hydrating moisturizer can help keep your skin looking fresh!

Trim Your Hair

Whether you rock a lumberjack beard or like to keep your face clean shave, the look should look neat, polished and great with your hairstyle. But, most importantly, you want to look comfortable and feel like yourself. Don’t try anything new too close to the big day, to avoid having to stand on the aisle with a bad look. Have your barber give you a cut and style that you know and love for your wedding. Then, shave your face with a new, sharp razor blade to achieve close lines along your facial hair and close shave. Using an old, dull razor can cause nicks and scarring, which is not a great wedding day look!


Get Fit

Getting in shape for your wedding is not only a great way to slim down or tone up, it will help you relieve wedding related stress as well! Hit the gym, play basketball with your friends, or go for a run with your fiancé; do whatever makes exercise fun for you. Working out will help improve your mood and get your mind off of the stresses of wedding planning. Plus, simply dedicating a few hours a week to exercise is easier than ever with apps that support your next work out.


Taking time to relax before the big day will help you feel your absolute best. Do whatever helps you wind down! Some great ideas are getting a massage, heading to a salon for a pampering day of mani/pedis or even just having a casual date night with your fiancé (where you don’t talk about wedding planning!) Heading to a spa for a day of pampering is often done after the wedding, but why not before? That’s when you’re most stressed, and your fiancé will appreciate this gesture of support. If you prefer to stay in, plan a date night with a home cooked dinner, a movie, or a romantic bath. Take time to relax with your fiancé and connect over something besides to wedding, to get you in the best mindset possible for your big day!

A lot of the attention is on the bride for the wedding, but we don’t want to overlook the groom! With these few simple steps, the groom will be looking and feeling his best for the big day, without adding any stress to the wedding planning. Congrats on your special day!


Avoid a Cosmetic Disaster Before Your Wedding

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Planning your wedding is a long process that will keep you on your toes for months, or even years. Everything, from choosing a venue and catering, to getting your perfect bridal look ready, is taken into consideration. However, there are some things that we tend to leave for the last-minute, especially when it is about our own look which doesn’t require mobilizing a lot of people in advance. Nonetheless, if you do want to enhance your look before your big day, here are the procedures you should and shouldn’t do close to your wedding:



Dermal fillers to smooth out fine lines, give your face a lift, or make a feature stand out, are gaining more and more popularity. Fillers are a popular option, taking the place of a traditional cut-and-stitch face lift, because they aren’t nearly as invasive and require minimum downtime. You will be up and running in a day and your face will be completely regenerated within two or three days. Still, you shouldn’t do this just before the wedding, but rather about a month in advance, to make sure that you will actually be satisfied with the results. If you aren’t satisfied, give yourself enough time for corrections to deflate a bit, or simply to learn how to cover them up with makeup. However, if you’ve had fillers before and you’re doing them at the same place, you can get away with doing them about a week before the wedding. Also, make sure your makeup artist knows that you are doing it because it might require changes in the makeup look.


Removing Imperfections

Do you have a tattoo that is very visible and that you just don’t love? Or maybe you have scars from the past that you would like removed before you walk down the aisle. All of these things can be fixed with laser therapy. Removing scars and tattoos takes time, and your skin will need time to heal after it’s done. That’s why you really want to start this procedure well in advance, sometimes over a year before the wedding. However, what you probably didn’t know about lasers is that they can do the carbon laser facial which is offered in a skin care clinic in Perth and a few other cities around the world. This procedure removes the dead layers of skin and leaves you glowing. It’s actually a method that’s been around for a long time, but it’s being refined and reinvented all the time, giving women a youthful look – something the mother of the bride might be interested in, too. There is no downtime, but your skin might be red or irritated, so leave at least three days before the wedding to let the redness die down.


Body Sculpting

You, or someone from your entourage, might want to look extra good on the big day, and with all the planning and running around, there’s really no time to go exercise and get a perfectly toned body in the gym. And after all, there are some things that just can’t happen naturally, like a breast lift or a tummy tuck. So, if you want that perfect look, you will need to schedule your surgery well in advance. Even though some surgeries only require a downtime of a few days, your dress needs to be fitted to a new body, so you want all the stitches to heal and the scarring to die down, as well as the pain to go away.

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Get a Perfect Smile

There are more ways than one to get that Hollywood smile, and it all depends on the current state of your teeth. For many, all they need is a little whitening, which can be done literally a day before the wedding – as long as you avoid any red wine and coffee right afterwards. However, others might want to reinvent their teeth completely, by for example, putting on porcelain veneers, to give themselves a perfect set of teeth. You can get fitted with these the very day before the wedding, but they take time to create and adjust, so start the process sooner, and make sure you are comfortable with them, so that you can enjoy the food that you have so carefully picked.

All in all, you want to always ask your doctor about what the downtime will be, how long will it take for the swelling to go down and about other similar issues, because, if you think that walking down the aisle with thin lips is bad, imagine having blue, bruised ones. Make the right choice and make sure you look stunning no matter what you choose to do.

Guest Blogger:  Guest Blogger:  Diana Wills, from  A biochemistry graduate and blogger based in Sydney. She is a science, health and food lover, with interests in fashion and beauty. She is enjoying all these things so much that she started to write about them so she can share this passion with everyone.

Wedding Day Essentials

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Your wedding day is something you prepare for a long period of time. The planning process itself is planned out, because you definitely don’t want to be caught unprepared on your wedding day, having to run home to go grab something. Just like that, when the bridal look is planned, so are all the things that the bride should have on-hand during the ceremony. Not literally – the bride’s hands should be completely free, but a designated bridesmaid should have all of her essentials in a small bag on her. So, let’s take a look at what are the things you should have.


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Makeup Fix-Ups

If you’re having your makeup done by a professional makeup artist, you should ask her which products you should have on-hand during the wedding so that you can fix your makeup on the go. If you are doing it yourself, then you should have a pretty good idea what those items are. Either way, there’s one important thing to keep in mind when putting together an emergency makeup kit: do not pack too much. If you have your entire makeup array at your disposal, you’re going to spend far too much time fixing your makeup, and you will be tempted to completely redo it every time you go to the bathroom. “Definitely have your lipstick, some pressed powder, one eyeliner in the color you’re wearing and a concealer for under eye mishaps.  Maybe even some blotting papers for humid wedding days,” says Dana Persia, professional makeup artist and owner of Beautiful Brides Philly.” Try wearing your look for a day beforehand and see how much fixing it requires.
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Hairdo helpers

While you’re jumping around and dancing, your hairdo is bound to fall out of place. It’s not something that you can avoid by putting extra hairspray and pins in your head, and it will probably only make you uncomfortable. Firstly, you have to let go. Accept that your hair is not going to look perfect the entire evening and that some strands will fall out. Just roll with it. Secondly, you want to have a designated bridesmaid to be your personal hairstylist for the evening. When she sees that your hairstyle is getting a bit too loose, she should take you aside, break out the bobby pins and mini hairspray out of her bag and fix you up in a minute so you can go back there and get dancing. Make sure she’s present while your hair is being done, so that she can know what to do.


Non-traditional bridal hair and makeup

See Well

A lot of people wear glasses, and it’s a perfectly good accessory, even for your wedding day. However, many brides would rather opt for contact lenses, which give them more freedom without worrying whether their glasses will fall off. If you don’t usually wear contacts, make sure you put them on a couple of times beforehand and wear them throughout a day to make sure you get used to the feeling. In your emergency kit, you should have eye drops and a cleaning liquid. If you’re a crier, and you know you’re going to be tearing up during the ceremony, make sure you have a spare pair of contacts with you so that you can change them after you’re done crying and rubbing your eyes.

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Dress Repair

The worst things that can happen to a dress – sometime happen. And you can always be extra careful and chant “What are the odds?!”, but when that wineglass falls or a seam rips, you’re going to need some help. A good trick is to have white chalk close by. If you get an unexpected stain, rub it all over to conceal it for the time being. White thread and a needle, along with safety pins and spare buttons are a must in your bag. If anything happens, you and your bridesmaids should be able to jump onto it and fix it in a matter of minutes. Remember, this doesn’t have to last – it just needs to get you through the night.
Classic Glamour Bridal Hair and Makeup
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Nail polish

When you are getting ready to leave, make sure you pack some clean nail polish, as well as one that fits the color of your shoes or handbag. The clear one is to seal any holes that might appear in your tights or chipped nails, and the colored one is to fix any scuff marks on your shoes. It can also be used to secure buttons or make a stubborn string stay in place.
Wedding Makeup for Bridesmaids with purple dresses
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No matter what happens, you have to relax and understand that nothing will go exactly according to plan. No matter how many wedding planners you hire and how many times you go over the plan, as long as you are ready for anything that happens, you’ll have a great, stress-free time!

Guest Blogger:  Diana Wills, from  A biochemistry graduate and blogger based in Sydney. She is a science, health and food lover, with interests in fashion and beauty. She is enjoying all these things so much that she started to write about them so she can share this passion with everyone.

Posted: July 29, 2018 By: Comment: 0

Wedding Favors Your Guests (And You!) Will Love

Photo: Ian Shiver Photography

If someone comes to your wedding with love and support in their eyes, you generally want to make sure that person feels appreciated. Guests are more than just an audience for your event, they’re there to help you make the first steps as a married couple, and wedding favors have a long tradition in our culture and are a sign of respect and gratitude. We’ve all probably received our fair share of them after attending weddings, but a large majority of them might have ended up somewhere in the back of your closet. It’s not that you don’t appreciate the gift, it’s just that it wasn’t necessarily practical or particularly interesting (how many stylized breath mint boxes do you even have by now?). So, how do we make sure we gift our friends and family with something they will truly love? Well, we’ve got plenty of suggestions right here!

Mini Coffee Tins

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What do you need the most after a long night of dancing and boozing? A steaming hot cup of delicious coffee! If you get everyone a cute little tin with a nice blend of strong coffee they’re bound to appreciate it, and it’s a very easy gift to pack and distribute to everyone. If you’re not sure everyone likes coffee, then you could pick a tea blend instead, or make both options available. It’s especially nice when the guests start opening the tins and inhaling the rich scents, then smiling appreciatively at you.

Little Hangover Kits

What’s another thing you need after a long night of dancing and boozing? Well, a Tylenol would be nice, actually. Hangover kits are a genius idea for those couples who want to make sure their guests have a good time without worrying too much. It’s a jokey little gift that encourages good time, and all you’ll need are little bags that are filled with pain relievers, water bottles, breath mints, and maybe a small snack. You can modify them however you like and add some vitamin C, or whatever you like to use to cure your own hangovers.

Jam Jars

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Everybody likes jam! It’s delicious, it’s sweet, and if you give your guests a nice little jar with an inscription, then they can later use it as a memento of the good time they had. Alternatively, you can give them other kinds of food to take – cupcakes, doughnuts, or even homemade cookies.

Grooming Items


Weddings are a long affair, and waking up the morning after the party usually means you’ll need a little pampering to get you back on your feet. So, why not create some custom grooming kits? You can easily find great unique gifts such as organic lip balms, hydrating facial mists, body scrubs, cleansers, butters, hand creams – mix and match whatever you like and put it in a little personalized bag. As for the gentlemen, why not pick a shaving bar soap, a wooden mustache, maybe some aftershave lotion? These are really sweet gifts that will relax your guests and make them feel like they got their own personal spa kit.

Personalized Mugs

You can print each of the guest’s names, or you can print your favorite romantic quote, or something else that will remind them of the wedding day. A simple “Thank you for being with us through our journey!” works more than well enough. Everyone likes a nice, unique mug, and it’s an inexpensive wedding favor that will still be held in high regard.

Or Flasks!

If your friends like their booze, then simply switch the personalized mug for a personalized flask. It’s a great gift for those people who are fond of their crazy bunch of friends and love them to bits. It will also remind them of all the good times you spent together.

Tiny Champagne Bottles

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Wine works just as well, but honestly so does fresh, organic orange juice, or whatever else you want to gift them. As long as you pick a bottle of something fancy-looking and put a nice ribbon with a thank you note on it, they’re bound to love it.

Make sure to supply each of these gifts with a little personalized card and whatever you pick will be a great gift. Any of these options are wonderful if you want something memorable and useful, so grab whatever your budget allows.


Guest Blogger:  Brigitte Evans, Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant, Beauty Department,

Posted: July 13, 2018 By: Comment: 0

Tips to Reduce Wedding Day Bloat

When it comes to weddings, there’s no one that gets more excited than the bride (sorry grooms, but we just have to be honest here). While having the perfect day to remember is the goal of every bride-to-be, it’s important to keep in mind that not everything depends on the organization, dress, or guests. In fact, a lot of problems can happen due to the fact that brides forget to take care of themselves while planning their wedding day.

The last thing you want to see at your wedding is not the late arrival of your best friend, a wardrobe malfunction, or a drunken party guest – it’s a bulging belly.

Read how to protect yourself against bloating.

Mind what you eat and test for food allergies

Consuming foods that don’t come gently on your stomach will cause you pain and bloating.

This is why every bride should check whether she’s intolerant to a certain food. Food intolerance happens when a person has difficulty digesting certain foods. With this in mind, a few months before the wedding, a bride should visit some of the best-trained allergy specialists for the purpose of ruling out food allergies as a cause of bloating. The most accurate way to determine whether you have food intolerance is to do an allergy test. If the test shows that you are sensitive to a particular food, you should definitely eliminate it from your meal plan, even if you only take that food occasionally.

Finally, avoid eating big meals if that feels unpleasant to your stomach. Overeating is the last thing you need the night before the celebration. Take small portions instead. Also, make sure to have a light yet healthy breakfast on the day of your wedding.

Take supplements that support food digestion

Every bride should do some research on which digestive enzyme supplements to use. Some of these, like Lactase, can even provide immediate relief.

Also, taking some good quality magnesium supplements will support the bride’s digestive system because these go through the digestive tract smoothly and are very well absorbed. In addition, using magnesium reduces the possibility of developing more serious gastrointestinal problems.

If you don’t have time to do some in-depth research, ask a good friend to do it for you or visit a doctor to recommend you some common supplements used to fix problems with bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. Start fixing these issues with your stomach as soon as possible – you don’t want to have problems with your belly a week before the wedding, because that will only cause you more stress and slow you down.

Stress less and avoid hyperventilation

Brides should bear in mind that their weddings are not about families and guests, but about the married couple. While the ideal organization is desirable, losing sleep over every detail won’t be of any help. On the contrary, if stressed, a bride is likely to end up losing control over essential things such as her feelings and the party atmosphere, which can result in a real disaster.

When panicking, we start to over-breathe, which leads to swallowing much more oxygen than needed. Next, when we worry too much, anxiety starts to negatively affect part of the brain related to the digestive system by slowing it down. Also, stress itself can trigger stomach pain and cause bloating.

So, relax – everything’s going to be just fine.

See a doctor to make sure you’re healthy

Needless to say, visiting a doctor is one thing you don’t want to see on your schedule while you plan your own wedding.

However, have in mind that paying a visit to your doctor has multiple benefits. First, you’ll be able to reduce your problems related to bloating on time. And, second, if your problems persist, your doctor is the only one who can determine whether your health condition needs further medical examination. While it’s normal not to feel good about such situations before the wedding, seeing a doctor is the only possible way to rule out a chronic or serious health condition related to digestive problems.

Remember that the most important thing is to stay positive and feel good about your wedding celebration. Your husband-to-be certainly doesn’t want to see you nervous or tired when the time to tie the knot comes. However, don’t be scared by all this information – usually, bloating can be controlled by some minor changes in your nutrition.

Guest Blogger:  Diana Wills is a biochemistry graduate and blogger ( based in Sydney. She is a science, health and food lover, with interests in fashion and beauty. She is enjoying all these things so much that she started to write about them so she can share this passion with everyone.


Posted: June 22, 2018 By: Comment: 0